Donald Trump pleads not guilty to criminal charges in New York

Donald Trump pleaded not responsible throughout a court docket look in New York on Tuesday as he turned the primary former president to be indicted on felony fees, a dramatic authorized reckoning whereas he plots a return to the White Home in 2025.

Trump entered the plea after arriving at a Manhattan courthouse shortly earlier than 1.30pm, the place he was charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying enterprise data, in response to US media. The costs associated to funds allegedly made to purchase the silence of a porn actress forward of his 2016 presidential marketing campaign.

Trump was ashen-faced as he and his attorneys walked into the courtroom after being processed forward of the arraignment and appeared downbeat as he sat earlier than the choose.

Earlier, he had pumped his fist earlier than departing in a motorcade from Trump Tower at simply after 1pm to make the roughly six-mile journey to the courthouse, which he entered with out making any remarks.

Trump posted on his Reality Social profile because the procession snaked down the Franklin D Roosevelt East River Drive. He wrote: “Heading to Decrease Manhattan, the Courthouse. Appears so SURREAL — WOW, they’re going to ARREST ME. Can’t imagine that is occurring in America. MAGA!”

Trump left the courthouse at simply earlier than 3.30pm en path to LaGuardia airport. He’s anticipated to return to his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida and ship a speech in a while Tuesday.

Attorneys for Trump have stated the costs relate to the $130,000 allegedly paid to Stormy Daniels, a porn actress, through lawyer Michael Cohen to cowl up an affair she claimed to have had with Trump years earlier.

The transactions have been allegedly recorded as authorized charges, and prosecutors will try to point out that they have been in truth made to guard Trump’s marketing campaign, in response to individuals aware of the case, and due to this fact violated federal marketing campaign finance legislation.

Earlier than the arraignment, Joe Tacopina, a Trump lawyer, had stated the previous president’s defence group would transfer rapidly to problem the legitimacy of the indictment by submitting motions to dismiss the case.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia Republican, addresses the gang outdoors the courthouse in New York © Stephanie Keith/Bloomberg

Giant swaths of the downtown space have been cordoned off in anticipation of protests. Simply after 9am, pro- and anti-Trump partisans scuffled in a small park throughout from the courthouse throughout a stand-off that was extra performative than violent.

Different distinguished supporters of the previous president, together with Republican Home member Marjorie Taylor Greene, travelled to the town to again Trump, who has repeatedly labelled the Manhattan district lawyer’s investigation a “political witch hunt”.

Forward of the listening to, Greene stood on a park bench simply throughout from the courthouse and addressed a raucous crowd by way of a bullhorn, warning of a communist takeover of the US.

On the eve of his arraignment, Trump employed Todd Blanche, a high defence lawyer specialising in white-collar felony investigations, in response to Politico, to beef up the authorized group preventing the costs. Blanche beforehand defended Paul Manafort, a former Trump marketing campaign chief, and in 2019 secured the dismissal of New York state fees in opposition to him. Manafort had been beforehand convicted on federal fees.

Further reporting by Joshua Chaffin in New York

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